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Beginner IRONMAN© Training Plan (low volume 6.5-14.5 hours, fully reusable, coach email support

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Chris Wallace - The Triathlon Coaching Company

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24 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

Learn More about Structured Workouts.

Plan Description

Beginner IRONMAN© Training Plan – Low Volume (24 weeks 6.5-14.5 hours per week, )

This plan is designed for athletes who can already swim for 30-45 mins non-stop, cycle for 1.5 hours non-stop and run for 1 hour and will work to build you up to complete a full distance triathlon. It is designed for athletes who have a lower level of fitness and for those who are taking on an Ironman for the first time. Take a look at our intermediate plans if you need a bit more volume or are able to commit more time to training here.

Each phase of the plan comes with detailed instructions and key areas of focus so you can fully understand how to train effectively and, possibly more importantly, why you are training this way at this particular point in the plan.

All bike and run sessions are built as structured workouts, which can be downloaded directly to your training device, Zwift, Trainer Road etc., to allow you to focus on the workout specifics rather than thinking about how to execute the next section.

Included in the plan are weekly descriptions of the aims for the week, race planning, nutritional advice and other race-focused advice to help you reach your race day feeling physically and mentally ready to take on the distance. A focused pre-plan testing week is also included setting all of your pace, heart rate and power zones.

All of our technique-based swim sessions come with full descriptions of the focus of the sessions, the key drills and advice on how to implement them into your sessions to gain the full effect to improve your stroke.

All of our plans come with email coach support from our experienced Ironman© and Training Peaks level 2 certified coach Chris who can be contacted here:

We also offer an option to change plans if you feel you need more or less volume etc. If you need a more personalised approach a bespoke plan might be the way forward we offer this service to all athletes; if you need a plan built around your lifestyle, strengths and weaknesses but are not ready to have a coach, a bespoke plan is a great option; please get in touch, and we can build a plan that suits you

Key points of the plan:

  • Starts at 6 hours a week (Swim 1:00, Bike 2:30 and run 2:30)

  • Peaks at 14.5 hours a week (Swim 2:15, Bike 7:00 and run 5:15)

  • Average of 3 swims, 3 bikes and 4 runs per week (including brick sessions)

  • Longest Swim 1:30

  • Longest Bike 5:00

  • Longest Run 2:45

  • 3 weeks build and 1-week recovery/test week

Recovery weeks are included to ensure you are always training sensibly and not creating too much excess fatigue, stopping you from performing at your best

This plan is based around heart rate for the run, power for the bike and pace/RPE for the swim, therefore a GPS watch with heart rate monitor and a power metre are required to get the best out of this programme. If you need a heart rate only, pace only or RPE based plan please check out our other available plans here.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x4
03:49:00 02:45:00
Bike x3
05:05:00 05:00:00
Swim x3
02:25:00 01:30:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
03:49:00 02:45:00
05:05:00 05:00:00
02:25:00 01:30:00
Day Off
—— ——

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Chris Wallace

The Triathlon Coaching Company

I come from a swimming teaching and coaching background and have been working with athletes for many years to help them reach their full potential. I understand the needs, worries and stresses of the busy professional.
Whether you are a current or aspiring age group championship qualifier or a complete novice, I'm here to help. I work with athletes all over the world, participating in all distances of triathlon.

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  • Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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